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3 Emerging Workplace Trends Office 365 is Designed to Address

9 Sep 2016 by Jessica Hall

Today’s corporate landscape is rife with change. Particularly when it comes to the evolving role of technology in how we do business. Microsoft Office 365 has guided us through these shifts, offering technology that fulfills the needs associated with the changes today’s companies are experiencing. Let’s take a look at three emerging workplace trends the cloud-based productivity suite helps organizations address and adopt.

Remote workers are increasing in numbers.

In an effort to attract and retain top talent, many organizations are removing the constraint of one’s physical location in collaboration. According to Upwork, it’s estimated that one in three professionals will be hired to work remotely by 2020.

As professionals seek positions with flexibility at an increased rate, facilitating collaboration and productivity from anywhere is crucial. In alignment with this workplace trend, Office 365 offers:

  • Exchange Online, allowing employees to email from anywhere
  • SharePoint Online, facilitating collaboration between personnel from anywhere
  • OneDrive, providing cloud-based file storage to enable workers to quickly and easily share and access assets
  • Skype for Business Online, allowing members of the workforce to connect face-to-face or via instant messaging
  • And there’s good reason to offer employees the flexibility of working from wherever they want, whenever they want — it delivers real business value. Case in point, a Cornell University study uncovered that companies offering flexibility in the time and place that work occurred had one-third the turnover rate and a growth rate four times greater than more rigid organizations.

This chart shows the ideal work atmosphere according to workers worldwide in a survey done by Kelly Services, a global leader in the staffing industry. According to the survey, 54% of the respondents prefer an office environment that offers flexible work arrangements, including remote work options.

Ideal workplace features bar graph

The mobile workforce is becoming more mobile.

According to an estimate from International Data Corporation (IDC), the number of U.S. mobile workers will increase at a stable rate over the next five years. IDC projects that the mobile workforce population will grow from 96 million in 2015 to 105 million in 2020.

And if you work on-site, you are likely part of the 70% of offices using an open floor plan, facilitating collaboration away from one’s desk. This open concept office environment, made popular by many of the Silicon Valley giants, allows employees to use tablets or smartphones as they move around the office and work in common spaces.

To support the mobile workforce, Office 365 allows users to work on any device, accessing email on Exchange, collaborating via SharePoint and finding and sharing files via OneDrive.

More businesses are moving to the cloud.

It’s no longer a new frontier — an office in the cloud is becoming the standard as many companies are transitioning data and workloads to the cloud. A recent survey revealed that 93% of businesses are leveraging cloud-based tools.

As a cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365 supports the shift to an office in the cloud strategy that increases productivity while decreasing costs. The right partner can help make it compliant and secure as well. In using Office 365, available from Insight, you can enjoy the benefits of cloud performance with a trusted industry leader, including:

  • Verified compliance for major industry standards
  • Assistance to comply with local industry regulations
  • Built-in security controls, customizable to your needs
  • Reliable upgrades and system support

With an end-to-end solution, Insight has devoted a number of resources to supporting our clients in setting up, transitioning to and managing Office 365. Interested in learning more about Insight’s services and Office 365 licensing options? Talk to a specialist.